“The 2014 Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, although the percentage of Merlot was reduced slightly in this vintage from 40% to 30%. Cabernet Sauvignon fared well during this difficult growing season, thanks to the advanced age of the vines and the hillside positioning of the vineyards. The Merlot was more problematic. This wine is the result of extreme fruit selection, nonetheless. Guidalberto is a medium-bodied red wine with a soft approach and bright berry flavors.” - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate Score: 89/100
A stunning Chianti Riserva that delivers an array of dry flowers and herbs with wonderful structure and concentration. This is something that is ideal with pastas, prosciutto or any cured meats. The 2012 Riserva is approachable now but it will also cellar for the next 3-4 years.
Collazzi have been producing Chianti and Chianti Classico for generations, their style is classic Chianti Classico which is dry, clean, medium to full bodied with an array of dry herbs and beautifully perfumed. This is one of the best Chianti Classico that we have seen in a long time. Something that is very approachable now but will also cellar for the next 4-5 years.
“The 2015 Ornellaia is a dream wine with magnificent balance. All the elements are in the right place. In most vintages, Ornellaia needs time to fully come together, but the 2015 is just impeccable, even in the early going. The warm vintage notwithstanding, winemaker Axel Heinz crafted and Ornellaia is more about finesse and power. The potent, bruising tannins Ornellaia can show as a young wine are nowhere to be found. Bright raspberry jam, mint, white flowers and pomegranate are some of the many notes that punctuate the finish in a memorable Ornellaia that will go down among the great vintages produced at this reference-point estate.”
Score: 98, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018
“A big, brooding red, packed with blackberry, plum and earth flavors, all wrapped in spicy oak. Monolithic now, finishing with saline mineral elements, a leafy, tobacco edge and dense, mouthcoating tannins. Terrific potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038.”
Score: 97, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Insider, May 2018
“Fantastic aromas of orange peel and dark berry with plenty of plum and cherry. Sweet tobacco and mushrooms. Full body, juicy and fruity with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Complex and gorgeous. Fine and very long.” 96 pts – James Suckling
“Shows laser focus and a precise delivery of aromas that makes and immediate and satisfying first impression. This is a delicately assembled wine that shows the deft hand of the winemaking team behind the scenes. Bright fruit and cherry is connected, in a careful embroidery, to spice, leather, tar and cured tobacco. There are subtle tones of ash and crushed mineral as well.” 93 pts – Wine Advocate
“Plenty of ripe fruit with a wealth of plum and dark berry character. Rich and powerful. Full to medium bod, firm and silky tannins and a flavourful finish. I love the edgy tannins at the end that give it form. Beautiful now” 94pts – James Suckling
“With only 3,500 bottles made, the 2012 Riserva reveals luscious opulence and fruity richness. Like its peers from this hot vintage, this Riserva offers a softer and sweeter quality of fruit with extra textural richness at the back. This makes the wine more accessible without too much of a wait. It is aged in oak for two years and offers plenty of baking spice, white chocolate and cola on the velvety finish.” 94 pts – Wine Advocate
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